Today oh lucky gourmets I thought I would share my recipe for beef curry. It's a fraction of the cost of buying a take away, very low in fat with no added nasties and although I say it myself twice as tasty.
The tenderness of the meat is due to the long slow cook, but it's the adding of a few fresh ingredients that really gives it it's depth of flavour.
Obviously you might decide to give my recipe a bash just as it is, but don't be shy about adding some of your own little favourites as extras like maybe fresh ginger.
1 medium sliced onion
Peppers, any colour or size chopped into chunky pieces, 1 or 2 depending on how much you like them
Fresh chillies any kind, finely chopped, add quantity to taste. I normally add 4 but only put the seeds from 2 as this is where the heat is. Best wash your hands after this bit.
Garlic finely chopped, 1 or 2 cloves
Big bunch fresh coriander roughly chopped
Small amount of oil 1to 2 tbsp
Curry powder blend, I use Morrisons hot curry powder and I add quite a bit, but add at least 2 tbsp
Whole coriander seeds about 1 dessert spoon
Whole cardamom pods, 4 to 6
Whole cumin seeds about 1 dessert spoon
These chillies and coriander leaves are some of our first bits of produce from our recently acquired greenhouse, and all the more delicious because of it. They can also be grown on a windowsill in a warm spot (hark at me, suddenly the expert).
The How To Bit
So set up your slow cooker, don't switch it on yet though. Pour some oil into a medium size pan, add your beef pieces and brown them all over. Use a slotted spoon and transfer to your slow cooker.
Next in the residue oil in the pan, fry off your onions, peppers and chillies until they soften. Add a little more oil if you need to. Whilst they are cooking crush your whole cumin, cardamom and coriander seeds together, add to veg once they have softened.
Next add your chopped fresh coriander leaves and garlic and stir through for a couple of minutes, don't have the heat too high or the garlic will burn.
Next add your curry powder, you may need to add a little more oil now as it is important that the spices cook through a little in the oil, again don't have the heat too high.
Then all you have to do is add your tomatoes, warm everything through and finally add to slow cooker, and stir it through your beef.
I cook mine for about 6 hours on high and it is perfect. I serve it with boiled rice, raita, lime pickle and a garnish of chopped coriander leaves.